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"Note(1): Oracle exercised a Limitation Election under section 2.2 of the License Agreement on March 29, 2012"
Open Invention Network expands coverage
Posted Aug 29, 2012 22:02 UTC (Wed) by boog (subscriber, #30882)
2.2 You may make a “Limitation Election” to limit Your patents that are subject to the license granted herein, effective on a “Limitation Date” thirty (30) days after giving written notice to OIN. If a Limitation Election is made, (a) OIN Patents, Licensee Patents, and Your Patents shall thereafter be limited to those licensable during the Capture Period, provided that the Capture Period with respect to Licensee Patents shall end on the Limitation Date; (b) the license in Section 1.1 will become limited to products and services made and marketed by You prior to the Limitation Date; (c) the definition of Linux System shall have the meaning as defined on the Limitation Date; (d) the license in Section 1.2 shall not extend to any Person that becomes a Licensee after the Limitation Date; and (e) any licenses granted in Company Licensing Agreements or any amendment by OIN executed after the Limitation Date shall not extend to You or Your Subsidiaries.
Needs to be parsed carefully, but it seems that Oracle are pulling out, to avoid licensing their patents to dalvik and android. Still a big deal, given the importance of android. I guess that was part of the OIN's calculation - better to create a community around android that to try to keep grumpy Oracle.
Posted Aug 30, 2012 1:29 UTC (Thu) by Duncan (guest, #6647)
In fact, this announcement actually expands the area of coverage, and the "limitation election" is the mechanism by which OIN members can opt-out of expansions such as this in a limited way, without forcing the otherwise rather drastic choice between omitting the expansion entirely as members could not otherwise agree to it, or forcing existing members to pull out if they can't abide the new expansion.
So the good news is, the area covered by the OIN definition of "Linux" has expanded in general. The bad news is that certain existing members weren't willing to set aside their differences in the covered area in ordered to do so, so the expansion in coverage isn't in practice nearly as broad as it might at first seem.
But it would seem that the OIN powers that be are willing to settle for (to borrow an analogy) half full, in ordered to be able to agree on a vessel to hold any water at all. Whether that's an improvement because anything is better than nothing, or terrible, because it settles for a little instead of encouraging the "World War III, patent war", that many believe is necessary in ordered to eliminate the problem for good, remains up for debate.
But the proponents of "going nuclear" should be quite happy these days, because given the way things are going in the cellphone/tablet world, "patent nuclear war" might not be that far off. And this "limitation election" is notice that Oracle at least, has every intent of continued escalation, so while the OIN headlines look good, ONWARD! we go, toward patent-nuclear!
Time will tell...
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